Williams, enjoying simply her second match since a fourth-round loss to sister Serena at Wimbledon, held serve to open the second set however then double faulted to present Lisicki a 2-1 lead.
Lisicki got off to a shaky start in her North America hard-court season, came out of the gates strong to beat her opponent.
Williams, victor of the past four Grand Slam events, took 98 minutes to capture her first match since winning at Wimbledon, and as she did during much of her title run in London, she did it after dropping the first set.
In the mag, when asked what she’ll do after her “eventual retirement”, Williams responded, “I will finally be able to make some Miami Dolphin games”, she says, laughing, “and make some, uh, better decisions down there with the players”.
She opens up about her next feat with writer Kerry Howley saying “I have to go into New York thinking, ‘Listen, I want to win the U.S. Open“.
“It’s easy to let yourself get negative when you lose a couple of matches in a row or you know your body’s not feeling great”, Bouchard said. “It was a long time ago”, Williams said in her post-match press conference.
“It definitely feels different because I have never been in this position in my career”, Williams said. I should at least try to get through this and give 200 percent, and I started playing better. ‘I just really thought that was odd.
Pennetta’s reward for her victory is a second round clash with top-seed Serena Williams on Tuesday.
Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 11, did not have too many problems, however, as she saw off Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-3 6-3, while three-time former semi-finalists Victoria Azarenka also progressed in straight sets with a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Elina Svitolina.
And while that toughness has certainly been an advantage when it comes to playing the game, it’s also gotten her into some trouble.
“I didn’t think it would last that long”, Williams said in reference to her career.
Tennis ace Serena Williams and rumored boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou are the team to beat at the Rogers Cup, as Caroline Wozniacki’s BFF showed off both power and flexibility in a fashion cover shoot.